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FL CASEI JONES & 4 KIDS: Missing from Ocala, FL - Aug 2019 - Age 32, 10, 5, 2, 1 *Found Deceased*

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  1. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Missing Florida Family: Parents, Four Children Vanished Over A Month Ago

    Authorities in Marion County, Florida, continue to investigate the disappearance of a mother and her four children.

    According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Casei Jones, 32, of Summerfield and her children, Cameron Bowers, 10, Preston Bowers, 5, Mercalli Jones, 2, and Aiyana Jones, 1, have been missing for six weeks.

    They were last seen in Ocala, Florida, roughly 80 miles northwest of Orlando.

    Jones’ friends and family have not heard from her since she went missing and say that they fear for her safety. Local news reports, social media posts appear to indicate that Casei Jones’ husband, Michael Jones, is also missing.



    Husband charged after missing wife's and kids' bodies found
    The search for a Central Florida mother and her children has come to a tragic end after they were found dead in Georgia and the woman's husband is charged in the case.

    Casei Jones, 32, of Summerfield in Marion County, was found dead in her husband's van after it was involved in a crash on U.S. 301 in Brantley County, Georgia, about 7 p.m. Sunday. Statements made by her husband led to the discovery of the bodies of the couple's four children in the woods in nearby Charlton County.
    Michael Wayne Jones Jr., 38, is charged with second-degree murder in the case, though additional charges are anticipated. He was taken into custody following Sunday's crash after a deputy working the scene picked up on a "foul odor" coming from the vehicle.

    "At this point, Mr. Jones stated to the deputy that you may want to put me in handcuffs because there was a dead body inside the vehicle," the Brantley County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Deputies later learned that there were additional bodies in nearby Charlton County.


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  2. noZme

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    Investigators began searching for Casei Jones and the couple's children -- Cameron, 10; Preston, 5; Mercalli, 2; and Aiyana, 1 -- on Saturday after family members reported them missing, authorities said. Loved ones said they hadn't been seen in six weeks.

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office said family had been communicating electronically with who they believed was the missing woman, that might not have been the case. The Sheriff's Office is investigating phone records and text messages to determine exactly who they were communicating with.

    On Monday, News4Jax spoke with Levi Strickland, a man who said he called police after witnessing the crash that led to the discovery of Casei Jones' remains. He said he was picking berries nearby when he heard what sounded like an explosion and ran over to find the source of the commotion.

    "We ran down there and asked him, 'Was he okay?' and whatever," he recalled. "I smelled that smell and then we come on back and the police got there."

    The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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    Another man who slaughtered his precious family. These cases are the hardest for me to understand, as if I can understand any of them.
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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Man beat wife to death with bat during argument in Marion County home, report says

    A man accused of killing his wife and her four children told Marion County investigators that he used a baseball bat and hit his wife repeatedly, according to an incident report.

    Michael Jones Jr. confessed to killing Casei Jones during an argument at a home on S.E. 86th Terrace in Marion County, officials said.

    Jones Jr. told detectives that Casei Jones retrieved a baseball bat, which he took away from her. He began striking Casei Jones repeatedly with the bat, killing her, the report said.

    Jones Jr. is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Casei Jones' as investigators await the autopsy results of the four children.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Deputies: Suspect in missing woman's death strangled, drowned 4 children

    Four children who were reported missing along with their mother were strangled and drowned by the woman's husband, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

    On Monday, deputies said they believe Casei Jones was killed on July 10, and then the next day, Michael Jones strangled the two eldest children. Two weeks later, he drowned the two youngest children, which were his own, according to Marion County Sgt. Paul Bloom.

    "He choked two small children to death, waited a couple weeks and then drowned his own two children in the same manor," Bloom said.

    The bodies were left in the family's Summerfield home, where the killings occurred, for weeks until Michael Jones placed them in his vehicle for another two weeks and then drove them to Brantley County, Georgia, records show.

    Bloom said investigators may never know the motive behind the slayings.

    "Was it because you were afraid they were going to say something? Were you afraid that they knew something or was it because they had an attachment in his mind to their mother?" Bloom said investigators asked Jones. "And his answer, frankly, was 'a little bit of both,' is what he told us."

    Until Monday, Jones had only been charged in connection with his wife's death. He's now facing four additional counts of first-degree murder.

    A judge on Tuesday ordered that Jones be held without bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 12.

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